This is a greatly enlarged egg slicer and it is a perfect fit not for an egg, but a child.

The work alludes to the human body to suggest threat and fragility. The themes of entrapment, vulnerability and threat are central to Hatoum's work. The meaning is suggested with things we use daily such as kitchen utensils rather than spelt out.


White Cube, 1999; private collection, USA; Sotheby's, 2005; White Cube, London.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

73/75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH4 3DR
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Daily, 10am – 5pm Closed 25 & 26 Dec (August - Mon – Sun, 10am – 6pm)

Exhibitions at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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